Brain Firing Session 1 – NewsJack 2018 New Series

BREAKING NEWS:

  1. Samsung Enters the Crypto-currency chip business. Experts think this will cause an increase in Phishing leading to a tasty Friday supper.
  2. Librarian jailed after selling stolen books on eBay. She was sentenced to 8 months and her borrowing card will be held onto until the books are returned.
  3. Roy Orbison to return as a Hologram for a new UK tour. Although it was technically difficult, the IT team involved said, “Anything you want, you got it”
  4. Birds Eye Fish Finger advert banned over concerns from safety groups after showing kids jump off a boat into the sea. Wow! It wasn’t due to old bearded men using food to tempt children into a boat.

 

NUMBER CRUNCHING

  1. 14.8 Million : The number of Nintendo Switch console that has now outsold the Wii U
    14.8 Million : The number of Nintendo Switch consoles that wont be turned on in 3 month’s time.
  2. £205 : What some unique £1 coins are worth.
    £205 : what all £1 coins might be worth soon after Brexit
  3. $3Billion : Amazon’s 2017 Pre-Tax Profits
    $3Billion : Amazon’s 2017 Post-Tax Profits

NewsJack is back (again!)

NewsJack is Back

I’m looking forward to submitting more stuff for the show. There was a good Q&A session on Twitter today for people to get more information about the show and what needs to be included.

Something I’m going to try to do is write a page of submissions each day. They may not be good. They may even be bad. But hopefully it will get my brain going.

Lets see how it works.

NewsJack Submission 12-9-17

I found this on my computer.

uploading it but not sure which episode it was for.

ONELINERS

BREAKING NEWS:

  1. Monkey selfie court case reaches settlement. There was lots of ‘oooos’ and ‘aaaaaaaah’ from the public gallery as the Macaque family members celebrated.
  2. 130 tonne ‘fatberg’ found in London sewer. I did think we’ve not seen or heard from the President of the United States recently
  3. Boris Johnson is flying to the Caribbean after the devastation of Hurricane Irma.  Locals have questioned this decision saying they have already suffered enough.

NUMBER CRUNCHING

  1. 10. Number of years since the original iPhone was released.
    10. Number of meters away from a power socket iPhone owners will risk going before hurrying back to charge them.
  2. 100. The number of people arrested at London arms fair this week.
    Zero. The number of arms dealers arrested at London arms fair this week.
  3. 8. Record number of organs donated by one girl.
    Zero. Number of donations Nigel Farage can make as he has no back-bone, no heart and no brain.

Back In Time – Newsjack Sketch Submission

Tony Blair throws his 2 pence into the EU migration discussion. Although now, with the pound collapsing against the euro its probably worth less than a penny.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-41216679

Back in Time

FX:                              Thunderbold

DOC EMMIT BROWN:        Marty! We did it! We have arrived in London in 2017!

MARTY:                                 You are crazy doc I can’t believe it!

DOC EMMIT BROWN:        You better believe it! Here, turn on the radio.

FX:                              Radio Crackle and tuning into station

NEWS PRESENTER:         And there we have it. Tony Blair giving his opinion on EU migration curbs. Coming up next, This week’s Eastenders….Phil Mitchel has a run in with ….[Fade Out]

MARTY:                                 There’s gotta be something up with your computer, Doc. This sounds like we are back in the 1990’s Britain not nearly 30 years later.

DOC EMMIT BROWN:        Let me try another radio station.

FX:                              Radio Crackle and tuning into station

DJ PRESENTER:                Its a great top 40 album chart we have for you this week. Eminem is up 4 places, Oasis rise 3 and The Verve have a new entry into this weel’s chart! Coming up next, the Foo Fighters…..[fade out]

DOC EMMIT BROWN:        This can’t be right! The computers are never wrong.

MARTY:                                 I don’t know, Doc. Maybe it was the millennium bug or something.

DOC EMMIT BROWN:        Lets check one more time before we head back.

FX:                              Radio Crackle and tuning into station

NEWS PRESENTER:         ….Tensions are high right now as the whole world looks on. At a time when we have enjoyed world peace for what feels like a generation, the fear now of a nuclear attack from the east is a serious possiblity. The President of the United States has said that…….[Fade Out]

DOC EMMIT BROWN:        This can’t be right. I think we should go home.

MARTY:                                 Let me set the co-ordinates…we need to go to somewhere when everything seems normal. We’re gonna head back to the good old US of A in the 2000s. Arnie is governor of California, There is a Bush in White House and hopefully I can finish watching the rest of Lost!

DOC EMMIT BROWN:        When this baby hits 88mph we are going to see some serious Sh…

MARTY:                                 Sorry Doc! Congestion charge zone. We’re going to have to take a left here and head out to the M3 before we can hit that kind of speed!

FX:                              Thunderbold

END

Facebookski – NewsJack Sketch Submission

Facebook uncovers massive Russian funded mis-information campaign

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-41182519

Facebookski

FX:                              phone notification ‘bing’ sound.

ANDREI:                                Hillary Clinton! 25 facts about her email servers. Number 17 will blow you away.

FX:                              phone notification ‘bing’ sound.

ANASTASIA:                         Andrei likes this!

FX:                              Keyboard typing sounds

SERGEY:                              Hey Guys. Check out this link! It shows people in the capitalist pig country of the America going out in a hurricane and stealing shoes!

FX:                              phone notification ‘bing’ sound. X2

ANASTASIA:                        Andrei & Sergey likes this!

FX:                              Keyboard typing sounds

ANDREI:                                Can you guess how long the next US Communications Secretary will be in the role? Place bets now!

FX:                              phone notification ‘bing’ sound. X3

ANASTASIA:                        Katya, Andrei & Sergey likes this!

FX:                              Keyboard typing sounds

SERGEY:                              Which communist leader are you? Take this Buzzfeed quiz Chairman Mao – don’t be Stalin to take this quiz.

FX:                              phone notification ‘bing’ sound. X2

ANASTASIA:                        Katya & Sergey likes this!

FX:                              Furious Keyboard typing sounds

ANDREI:                                Comrade Andrei, why do you not like my post? Do I need to report you to Validimir directly?

FX:                              phone notification ‘bing’ sound. X3

ANASTASIA:                        Katya, Andrei & Sergey likes this!

ANDREI:                                That’s better! Now have you finished creating your twitter accounts?

SERGEY:                              Yes! I’m up to ‘John436383’. That is 436382 accounts created today. For some reason someone is already posting as ‘John342342’.

ANDREI:                                Did they have a profile picture of an egg?

SERGY:                                 No, it was a white flag with a red cross and he talked about being England being for the English…but he spelt England I N G L U N D.

ANDREI:                                Don’t worry about him, that’s one of our top operatives in Europe, Vika, she is trying to destabilise the UK government.

SERGEY:                              It looks like she is doing a great job! She has already been retweeted by N. Farage, B. Johnson and someone called P. Nuttal.

ANDREI:                                I’ve never heard of any of them. Anyway, time to get back on to facebook. What have you got planned next?

SERGEY:                              It’s a quiz about a love which is rejected by most people but that doesn’t stop you still pursuing it.  It might feel wrong and people might judge you badly but we think it is really going to get the engagement across the social network and all the news outlets.

ANDREI:                                Sounds amazing! What is it?

SERGEY:                              “Ignore the haters! Is your love the real deal? Then don’t be shy! Let the whole world know! Take our Donald and Ivanka ‘love has no boundaries’ quiz to see what you’d do to enter the presidentship!”

FX:                              phone notification ‘bing’ sound. X10

END

Newsjack is Back!

After seeing both Nish and Angela at ARGCOMFEST I was thinking it was about time that Newsjack came back on the radio. Today I was emailed by the BBC to say it is back.

First show is the 13th September so I guess submissions will be around the end of the first week of September.

Time to get into the writing mindset.

ARGCOMFEST 2017

If you don’t know what ARG*COMFEST is then you have missed out. ARG*COMFEST (Actually Rather Good Comedy Festival) is a show that has been going for 6 years and keeps going from strength to strength.

Last year I was ill and I only managed 3 shows before I had to come back home and I slept the rest of the weekend. This year I wanted to make sure I saw more than 3 shows and with the line-up they had planned, I really wanted to make the most of my super-advance weekend ticket.

When I arrived at 12 on Saturday they couldn’t find my details. This has been in my calendar for months and I then had the horrible feeling that I’d not actually booked any tickets. A search in my mailbox for ‘ARGCOMFEST’ didn’t bring up any email confirmation either. It then dawned on me that it would be a sad bus journey home but at least I’d have the weekend to do stuff. A final attempt to find the tickets had me thinking about other searches search of ‘Shoreditch’ brought up a ton of emails, within which there was the 3D Barcode I needed. Joining the back of the queue again I got scanned and made my way inside.

The line up of the Saturday looked like this;-

First show of the day and it had to be Sofie Hagen. I’ve not seen here before and I knew I wanted to. This was her new show ‘Dead Baby Frog’ and although I couldn’t get a seat, I stood in the doorway to the Garden Room and had a great view of the stage. I learnt a little Danish (Mormor / Morfa) and that it is possible to visit shame-town (I’m suprised I’ve not been before). Based on this performance I will grab her previous show (Shimmer-Shatter) from her website here.

2nd show for me had to be Grainne Maguire. Grainne did the first comedy course I ever attended (I’ve done 3 now, who wants to touch me?) and I do enjoy her podcast ‘Whats Has The News Ever Done For Me?’ When I was here last year, Grainne’s show was one of the few I saw and although I wanted to see new acts this time, not only did I want to be loyal, I also find her really funny. I grabbed a seat at the back of the room and followed her on the journey from being a ‘Grainne’ to her perfect Liam Neeson accent. The time flew by and the room was howling with laughter.

Next up was a choice I had made in advance but really did set a stage for the rest of the afternoon. Lucy Porter is of the first comedians I can say I ever remember seeing on TV. I’ve never seen her perform a full show before (I think I saw her do 20 minutes at a benefit gig a few years ago) so I had to stay to watch her. She was in the same room Grainne had just performed in so meant I could stay in my seat. Lucy covered topics such as arguing/conflict with her husband, being married to her husband and even had some audience act-outs of a discussion they’d had. The show was interupted at one point by someone looking for Garrett Millerick’s director. This was really poor show by the team at ARGCOMFEST but Lucy handled it expertly. One thing I will say – of all the performances of the weekend, Lucy’s was by far one of the most polished, even if she did have some notes. She worked the crowd brilliantly and perhaps that just comes from (cough) years of performing live. Her set ended with a reading of a Bertrand Russell essay from 1933…..makes perfect sense.

Ed Gamble was my next show. In the same room again. I promise this was out of choice rather than laziness! He spoke about his love of heavy metal music and how that doesn’t match his persona. He also has a tattoo and loves Halloumi. His 5 minutes on Halloumi has to be heard to be believed! At one point he did explain how he’d kill a donkey – that was quite unexpected (and not the way I’d do it). He spoke about the trouble with sports massages after eating and places you’d find your girlfriend’s hair. There were other things he spoke about but I wont ruin the surprise.

I stayed in the Annexe again for Tez Illyas. Recently Tez had been on Mock the Week and I’ve learnt that comedian’s shows can be very different to how they appear on Mock The Week. Tez started with a routine about taking his nephews to the cinema and a mis-pronounciation of a snack item. He talked about his allopecia and how it was in his beard and is now on his head. He did explain that the rest of him was really hairy and gave a great description that had everyone in stiches. Racism was touched on slightly however always in a comedy context (well nearly always) and the show didn’t feel policital (which was a theme touched on by many at ARG) but had people laughing through-out.

Whats that? Stay in the Annexe again? It must be time for Ellie Taylor! Not just an excuse to stay in the same seat, I’ve wanted to see Ellie for a while but been unable to make her shows previously. Great for ARG and even better for me! The show was loosely themed about the move to the next stage in her life. Buying a house with her husband and whether they will have kids. It was interesting to hear that TV comedians also have secret whats-app groups with their friends about the strangest of things. Having only seen Ellie on TV I was suprised by her act-outs and impressions (husband & family were great). There was one moment when she was demonstrating something on a chair that I was glad I had a side-on view!

Another show in the Annexe (I’m not just super lazy) for Elenor Tiernan. I’ve seen Eleor Tiernan before so knew what to expect. She started with a video about a self-help yoga treat where it was clear to see what everyone in it was. This got a massive laugh from the audience. The rest of the show talked about an intervention and move to the UK. We were treated to her housing woes, flatmate issues and ended with trying to guarentee her place in the UK by making an impression on the judging panel of Economic Migrant of the Year. Feedline/Punchline comedy this was not but its another great thing about ARG is that it is not just ‘mainstream’ comedians.

The final show of the day for me would be Nish Kumar. He is someone I’ve seen a few times (last year’s ARGCOMFEST and plenty of episodes of Newsjack) but knowing that he wasn’t taking a show to edinburgh meant that it could be perhaps a little more relaxed in performance worrying about what works/doesn’t. While waiting for show to start (still in the Annexe) the fire alarm went off. The whole audience sat there deciding they would probably risk an actual fire against losing their seats. Maybe 5 minutes of the front of house staff chatting on their headsets and we were all asked to vacate. Outside there was much confusion and people were wondering if the show would continue. A fire-engine turned up for some excitement but no sooner had they arrived, they had done their check and they were off again. We were allowed back inside and the person on the main door was tellign everyoen to go back to their original seats. However this message didn’t make it to the staff in the room who told people to fill up from the ends. Disaster! The seat I’d been keeping warm most of the day now had someone else in. It also meant I’d be taking the seat of someone else – it would be a domino effect of people taking other people’s seats.

I was now in the front row and although I was right infront of the stage ( and Nish) it was not as comfortable as my previous seat. Nish’s set was very politically themed although not always in a direct way. His dad telling him to get a haircut/beard cut after one of the London attacks.  He then went on to talk about how he had met a lot of politicians through fluke….his night bus home went through Kennington which is where lots of MP were given homes.

The show continued with its political bent. Fully expected by Nish and there were a few set peices I’ve seen before from him but seeing as he isn’t taking a new show to Edinburgh, this isn’t something that can be complained about. The Annexe was packed full of people, even with the fire alarm delaying the start, and Nish’s set went from serious to funny to serious, completely seemlessly and the audience followed him on his journey/ramblings (depending how you feel about them). If you get the chance to see Nish perform live then do it. He has a new TV show coming up (The Mash Report) so expect him to be a regular on your TV from now on.

The night ended and I jumped in an Uber home. It suprised me by only being a tenner, late on Saturday night. Tomorrow would be another day of comedy….what will it entail? Probably more in the Annexe knowing me…..

 

Sunday was a hard day to choose. So many acts I want to see perform but they were at the same time so I’d have to make a choice. First show of the day I would have been happy seeing any of them but chose Garrett Millerick as I’d recently seen Bec Hill and Elanor Morton and I’d never seen Garrett

Garrett started with talking about his move to Kent from London. This had the audience chuckling away (with confirmation bias? Who knows) and gave a very physical and active performance. He covered a trip to Oz when his bank card was stopped just after landing for ‘fraud’ reasons. He covered his personal therapy and his family’s intervention. How he was forced to go the gym and stop drinking. He ended by explaining our new god. If you’ve never seen Garrett Millerick before then you really should. His hour long show is ace but could easily be 3 great 20 minutes.

2nd show on sunday was Stu Goldsmith. I’ve been listening to his podcasts for ages (from the beginning? I’m not sure. But I remember the drinking game of ‘street performer’ before Stu started mentioning it himself!) but I’ve never seen him perform live before. He has got himself a baby AND a wife so the show was to be about one or the other or both. We heard about baby swimming, baby papouses, walking the baby about, glastonbury and baby food. You can see the theme here. A great thing that Stu did was similar to the ‘talking offstage/off mic’ thing lots of people did. I didn’t see a comedian NOT record their show and Stu had his mobile on the table recording. Occasionally he would give a running commentary to the phone about silences (eggy pauses?) and weird reactions of the audiences. A great re-working of an old technique and one I’ve not seen anyone else do.

Next up was Sarah Kendal another comedian I’ve not seen before. Sarah’s show had a structure that started with Haley’s comet and the impending divorce of her parents (don’t worry, it is quickly resolved in a way that might surprise you!). We are taken on a journey of friends beating cancer, austistic children, two grans, aliens and an old people’s home. Two phrases stuck in my mind from this show and I’ll include neither here. Go see the show, it was properly ace.

Still in the Annexe (I could have slept here last night and saved me a tenner), I wanted to see Angela Barnes. Angela is the current host of Newsjack and I’ve seen this live a number of times but never seen her perform stand-up. Today I’d break my ABSUC (Angela Barnes Stand-Up Cherry) and I’m so glad I did. Something I couldn’t understand is the room wasn’t packed but that was their loss. We learnt about Angela’s love of Nuclear bunkers and how she spent her 40th birthday. I’m a little bit older than some of the people in the room but I recognised the books she brought out about what to do in a nuclear attack and a Raymond Briggs story. We also learnt about her not having children and how people keep asking her about it.

Finally! I’ve escaped from the Annexe. I really wanted to see David Trent do a full show as I’d only ever seen him do 20/30 minute spots. He was going to be in the Garden Studio which is where I’d seen my first show yesterday. This room got busy early and really struggled with the heat. The show started (or, more correctly didnt start) and David was quick to jump on a guy on his phone. This guy did point out that he’d just been told, by David, that the show hadn’t started yet and he was reading about a flat fire in Bethnal Green. The show started properly and we were treated to his children’s favourite online video that looks like the kind of thing you’d see in a film being played to people with their eyes being clamped open. 320 Million views so far….scary stuff! “Open your mouth! HA HA HA!” We were treated some great tax-deductable items that David uses in his shows and a great 10 minutes on the bakers who wouldn’t bake a cake for some people because they were gay. A tech issue meant that the final punchline didn’t hit as hard as it should but it was there enough to have the audience laughing along. A great show you should also definitely see.

Another show in the Annexe? It is impossible I tell you! I had planned on seeing Ingrid Oliver who was to be in the garden studio. For some reason, probably because the Annexe had been missing me, the rooms had been swapped around and I was to be back in the Annexe for Ingrid’s show. I’d not seen Ingrid before. Well thats not entirely true as she has appeared in a couple of episodes of Dr Who. I didn’t know what to expect and her comedy show was a selection of characters/sketches. I particularly enjoyed the Brexit Translator who was trying to do live translation of the european parliament while handleing the break-up with her partner. There was some audience participation with the Film Studies teacher who talks like it is and pointed out the age-gaps between lead actors and supporting actors/love interests. Ingrid’s show ended with a Ted Talk that felt like the conclusion of the opening sketch (which I guess it was). Her whole show was very different to anything else I watched over the weeked and something which could have also just been a set-list for a stand-up.

Although there were another two possible shows for the day, I had to call it quits at this point and headed home. I missed out on a personal recommendation from Andy McH for Stuart Laws but I think I was all comedied out.

As I headed home I thought about all the excellent shows I’d seen and how I’d love to write more comedy. So I will. I also almost threatened myself with not attending any further comedy until I’d performed again. Except I really want to see Tez when he performs down the road from me on Friday. But after that, I might put myself on a self-imposed comedy block until I’ve at least written 5 minutes and performed it.

Were you at ARGCOMFEST 2017? Who was your favourite act that performed?

 

Theresa May-Bot on Twitter

I enjoy a good twitter bot. I follow a couple but recently one of the guys from B3ta created a Theresa May-Bot.

I had quite a good chat with her and some of her replies, especially the one about John Barrowman, came out quite well. It got retweeted a couple of times and so I thought I’d put it on here.

 

I really enjoyed that chat. I might have to go find other bots on twitter to talk to!

Inside the Comedian / Bad Therapy – Gig Review : 04/07/17

A sunday afternoon – perfect for Comedy. With tickets for only a fiver it would have been rude to not go. I haven’t been to any other recordings of ‘Inside the Comedian’ since the one I blogged about earlier so I was well over-due a show. It was also going to be a ‘double header’ with the new show from the gang that brought you ‘Do The Right Thing’ – Bad Therapy.

This recording was also at The Phoenix in Caverdish Square. Nice and easy to get to.

 

I got there a little early to try to catch up on some blogging but as I approached the pub I bumped into @AndyMC, @NealP55 and @MrPLitchfield. I’d not met Paul before but I had seen him perform as part of The Trap during All Day Edinburgh.

We went inside and grabbed a drink. It wouldn’t be long until the doors opened and we headed downstairs. Front row seats were needed and luckily no-one was challenging us for our primo seating.

Unknown to me Paul was going to be starting the gig and we would be treated to some Erotic fiction by his character Sean Goldsworthy, one of Somersets leading writers of erotic fiction. I think I have seen Sean before, but I’m not sure…it felt like something I had seen before, especially when we had the choose-your-own-adventure-erotic-fiction. The audience were in stitches all the way through. The 2nd CYOAEF sounded excellent however somehow the page numbers got muddled and the story took an unexpected turn at the end!

A short interval David Reed took the stage and Inside the Comedian began.

It is a hard balance to make in having a ‘comedian interviewing comedian’ discussion without it being too much of just one big inside joke and I think David Reed does this perfectly. By aiming to be more Parkinson in his interview technique it helps to bring the humour and over-the-topness of some of these interviews. The guest this show was Marcus Bridgestock. I saw Marcus a year or so ago at his show downstairs at the Soho Theatre and really enjoyed his show. He managed to bring the kind of improv skills that Inside the Comedian really needs. There was plenty of ‘yes and-ing’ and that’s what this podcast needs. The 8 legs of government was a path Marcus gave himself to navigate and he did so with conviction. David did point out that the last one would be all we’d be able to remember, Law, but then he also mentioned Gastronomy…. and  how the current government has forgotten this important pillar! The Podcast will be available soon so I wont ruin it at all for you.

After another interval Michael Legge took to the stage to introduce Bad Therapy. Michael, Margret and Danielle would be acting as a shirks to today’s patient – Doc Brown/Ben Smith. This was a new format for a podcast. Three people interviewing one person. The podcast was to be split into 3 parts where Doc Brown would be asked about his past, his presents and his future. Each section would be 15 minutes long and was sounded by an alarm to signal the end. In the final podcast maybe this will be tidied up however during this recording the 15 minute sections didn’t really mark the start/finish of past/present future. We had some interesting glimpes into the lives of all the people on the stage. People talked about actual therapy sessions – or even attempted ones in newsagents, hypnosis, and one of my favourite things – T25 volkswagen campervans!

The format of the show worked really well as an idea. Hopefully it will come across how enjoyable it was for everyone. The audience could tell the performers were having fun and along with his relaxed delivery, Doc Brown opened up and I certainly knew more about him at the end of the show than I did at the beginning.

When these are next being recorded, make sure you do get tickets.

Eddie Izzard – Force Majeure : Gig Review 17/03/17

Another day,  another gig. This time it was for Eddie Izzard. A month or so ago I got a tweet from Soho Theatre saying the was doing a  triple header of his Force Majeure show. I’ve not been at the Soho Theatre since seeing Pete Firman (the magician) last year. One I thing I noticed for Pete’s show is that they now do allocated seating at the venue’s theatre room. This is great news as you no longer have the mental queuing starting 15 minutes before the doors open as your tickets have your seat number.

The reason for the triple bill was he was going to perform the show in French, German and English. When I booked the tickets I checked over and over again to make sure I got tickets for the correct show.

 

The tickets I purchased were at the end of a row and when we arrived at our seats there was someone already in them. The conversation went like this.

“Excuse me, I think these are our seats.”
‘Yeah. I want to sit next to my friends and I have an extra ticket so I’m going sit here. You can have my seats.’
(he pointed to two seats in the middle of the row in front).
“No thanks, I think I’d prefer to have the seats I’d purchased.”
‘But I want to sit next to my friends!’
“I understand, but we’d prefer our seats.”

The guy reluctantly left our seats and moved to his seat. I go for end seats as you aren’t as squeezed and I can stretch my legs out in the aisle. Does that make me an arse for not moving? Its not my fault he couldn’t buy seats together. Anyway…this has little to do with Eddie’s show.

There was no fan-fare for Eddie to come out to, the lights dimmed and he walked out from behind the curtain. There was a rapturous applause immediately and the show started.

I remember seeing Eddie Izzard’s first video show and finding him hilarious. By the 3rd one I found his surrealism not to my taste. I still laughed but not as much as the first show. Unfortunately this show felt more like the 3rd show than the 1st.

He had already performed the show twice that evening, in two other languages, and that might have affected the energy her performed with. Some of his ad-libs didn’t hit the spot and occasionally his surrealism lost steam – “I’m a transvestite…..in a ……..skip.” – it felt like he didn’t have the confidence in the ending of the sentence.

I did have a proper chuckle at the death of Caeser, mainly due to the word play with the other characters in the scene. I also enjoyed the act-out of Martin Luther hammering his 95 theses to the church door. This was performed in German and the whole audience understood everything that was happening even if, like me, they didn’t consider German to be a language they spoke. The show started talking about human sacrifice and ended talking about olympic dressage and dressage horse burglars. Very ‘out there’ as a concept but there was much laughing through-out the theatre. The show ended and Eddie added a few words afterwards about staying engaged in politics and not giving up the good fight against those who want see the UK as a protective Island that doesn’t welcome people.

As we left we both were happy to have attended. We enjoyed enough of the show but would not have been happy to have seen something like this in a larger venue (with the larger costs!). I’m happy to have ticked off seeing Eddie Izzard from my list of comedy people to see. When we got home I shared a clip of Eddie’s Cat/Drilling behind sofa and then his DeathStar Canteen scene. These made me laugh LOADS and reminds me that he definitely has written some excellent stuff. I probably wouldn’t watch him again although if he does any warm-ups for a new show at a venue like Soho Theatre then I might buy a tickets, just as long as he hasn’t already done 2 other hour long shows immediately beforehand!